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Elk Hunting Camp Meals

September 28, 2011

Okay, two meals down and three to go and the breakfast burritos. I am stressing because this is a big job and I have to add it in with all the other things there are to do to get ready for elk camp. But on the plus side, I have lots of help and it makes me feel good to know that my hunters are eating well when they are at camp.

Our family hunts. We enjoy the outdoors and harvesting organic meat. As many of us as possible head to the mountains of Colorado every October to hunt elk. There have been a few years when the entire family has gone  – that is 10 people  – and sometimes just the hunters go.Often friends join us too.

Feeding hunters cam be difficult because you are often limited to what you can cook on a Coleman stove, you have to keep food hot for groups of 2-4 hunters coming in from the field at vastly different times, and the high altitude adds to the preparation time. Plus the fact that the hunters are weary from their hunt and want something easy and fast….. but not necessarily Dinty Moore canned beef stew. 

lasagna and chicken pot pie

Here is my solution: cook wholesome meals at home in the weeks before camp, seal generous individual portions with a vacuum sealing machine ( like Food Saver), and freeze.

Throw these meals in the cooler.To warm up just toss into a stockpot of boiling water for 15 mins. (Note: if frozen solid or cooking more than 3-4 you will have to adjust time in the boiling water.) I send along canned vegetables, rolls, bagged salads, and some cookies 🙂 or banana bread to round out the meal.

Sure there will be the token pot of chili or stew that they will have to warm up on the stove, but there will also be lasagna and chicken pot pie and roast beef with potatoes and carrots. The vacuum sealer method makes clean up easy too.

The breakfast burritos are wrapped in heavy-duty foil and frozen. The hunters just place them on the top of the wood stove in our tent when they wake up. Someone has to turn them over every few minutes while they are gathering their gear and getting ready for the day, but ideally you end up with a steamy, grilled burrito effect. They often stow an extra hot one in their pack for latter too.

God has blessed the hunters hard work and I am so thankful for this. I am going to share a few pictures, so be warned – this is elk camp.

The big bull - JP 2009

Happy hunters - Could it be the meals?

When God gave us three bulls opening morning 2007 – JP, Gary, David

Oh, I could go on forever…. there are too many memories. Sorry girls, I didn’t post your kills, maybe I will have to do a blog devoted to just you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Erin permalink
    September 30, 2011 9:43 am

    As the time draws near, we are becoming more and more disappointed that we won’t be there. Amazing memories!

    • September 30, 2011 1:47 pm

      Ahh, Erin….. you are going to make me cry. Missing you too…

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